Vegan

Day 18: Who wants to eat a mushroom fajita?

Sometimes the simplest thing can make the biggest difference in cooking…

In tonight’s case it was a super-easy seasoning that I made to go with chunky portobello mushroom fajitas (I love love LOVE Mexican food, so was excited to have a chance to try a vegan version!). The mushrooms were a perfect substitute for ‘meat’, being thick and chewy and very satisfying.. but I’d worried that they might be a bit bland flavourwise.

26981980_10155183567577108_2133005665_oNeedn’t have fretted – coated in the seasoning, and bundled in a wrap with sliced red, yellow, and green peppers and a mix of red and white onion, plus a dollop of home-made guacamole (the blender earning its keep again… thank heaven for yellow stickers and super-ripe avocados selling for 5p each at Tesco last evening!), some of the barbeque sauce we made for the jackfruit burgers, a squeeze of lime, and a sprinkle of the last of the vegan cheddar, they were a quick and tasty tea to serve up to Jones after a long day at work.

It just goes to show, you don’t need to slave over  meal for ages to make something really nommy… though if anyone has any tips about how to keep the various fajita components hot (without the help of a hot plate), I’d love to hear them.

Should anyone else be in need of a quick and easy fajita seasoning recipe, this is mine – it only has a handful of ingredients, all of them storecupboard basics. You mix together:

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika

Mix them all together, then put your mushrooms (or other fajita filling) in a tupperware bowl. Drizzle with oil, shake over the seasoning, give everything a good mix with your hands and, if needed, pop the lid on the bowl and give it a gentle shake too. It’s so easy but it will taste just like a store-bought seasoning!

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It’s amazing to think that we’ve got less than two weeks left of our Veganuary challenge – I’ve so enjoyed it! The past weeks have been an amazing cooking lesson – exactly as I’d hoped – and we’re eating so well, we definitely haven’t struggled to find enough tasty and nourishing meals to try. We’re definitely eating more healthily – and my jeans are rather looser than they were at Christmas, though not in an ‘oh cripes I’ve accidentally starved myself by cutting out too many foods and living on peas and celery’ kind of way – and the variety and experimentation is lots of fun.

Tonight we’ve even got our first vegan dinner guests… my mum and sister are coming round, and Si and I are going to cook for them. Time to put our creativity to the test…

Today I ate/drank…

Today’s cravings…

  • Some Ghanaian milk chocolate that the office cleaner brought in to share

 

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